Hackensack Main Street Business Alliances Donates $110,000 to the City of Hackensack for Performing Arts Center Renovations

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 28, 2017
CONTACT: Philip Swibinski, 201-864-0600

Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance Media Contact:
Nina Dietrich, LLC, Nina Dietrich, 201 493 8944 or nina@ninadietrich.com

HACKENSACK, N.J. (July 12, 2017) – City officials recently received a second major donation raised from private businesses by the Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance which will go toward the finishing touches on the new Hackensack Performing Arts Center, which is planned to open this fall. The $110,000 donation now adds to an earlier amount raised by the Alliance, putting its total contribution to the landmark project at $330,000.

“This outpouring of support from business leaders in Hackensack and beyond demonstrates the strong support for both cultural arts and the city’s ongoing revitalization,” said Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance Chairman Jerome Lombardo, who presented the donation with other members of the Alliance Board of Directors and local business leaders.

“This kind of cooperation between local government and the business community is exactly what we always hope for and I would like to personally thank Jerry Lombardo and everyone at the Main Street Alliance for stepping up to the plate and helping make our Performing Arts Center a reality,” said Mayor John Labrosse. “We believe that this new Performing Arts Center will become the cornerstone of our Downtown area and will support our goal of helping Hackensack retake its place as the cultural and business center of Bergen County.”

The Performing Arts Center project has been in development for several years and has seen the city take ownership of a former Masonic temple at State and Atlantic Streets and transform it into a 224-seat theater that will become the new home of the city’s highly successful Cultural Arts department, community theater productions and much more. The Performing Arts Center is expected to become the centerpiece of the city’s Main Street redevelopment, with thousands of new housing units approved or being considered as well as major retail and commercial development.

“Every dollar that is invested in the cultural arts will come back to this city tenfold, which is one of the reasons why the business community has been so supportive of this initiative,” said Lombardo. “The vision that this Mayor and Council have shown in reinvigorating our Downtown has been tremendous and I look forward to continuing to work closely with them as we see our city continue be become a destination.”

In addition to Lombardo, the donation was presented by Main Street Alliance Executive Director Patrice Foresman, Board Members Eric Anderson and Jason Some; Hackensack Chamber of Commerce Chair Diane Some and Ellen Lalwani, V.P. retail Banking Lakeland Bank.

About the Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance (MSBA)
Created in January 2004, the Hackensack Main Street Business Alliance is a public private partnership formed as an alliance between the business community and the City of Hackensack. The mission of the MSBA is to address the issues facing the business community with the goal of improving the local economy and the overall business climate in Hackensack and specifically, to improve Main Street’s retail environment by marketing the district, attracting new merchants, and stimulating interest among potential retail merchants, residents and visitors. There are currently 153 commercial properties and over 375 businesses within the district.